December 21, 2014

Ovens and Cooktops from Home-Tech Bring Comfort and Joy

P070576_11zWhile it never gets truly cold here in gorgeous Southwest Florida (after all, isn’t that why we’re here?), according to the National Weather Service, it actually got down to a frigid low 27 degrees on Christmas Eve of 1989. But, if you compare it to what the folks in Indiana in January of 1994 dealt with, which was 37 degrees below zero; our short little winters are downright balmy.

Christmas Comfort

Still, when there’s a little chill in the air and the Christmas tree is sparkling, there’s nothing more comforting than comfort food – and we’re not talking sushi, or a salad, or even soup – comfort food means macaroni and cheese, casseroles, and things made out of dough. Just out of the oven Christmas cookies are comforting, hot from the stove oatmeal is stick-to-your ribs delicious, and pretty much anything with cinnamon in it brings back memories of grandparents and fireplaces for the holidays.

Sparkling Cook Tops and Awesome OvensP080592_59z

At Home-Tech, we can’t provide snow or frost to get you into the holiday spirit, but we can provide you with state-of-the-art ovens and cook tops that will make your holiday comfort food come to life – like Electrolux Wall Ovens in a variety of sizes that currently come with very comforting rebates. There are also rebates on fabulously reviewed KitchenAid and Maytag cook tops.

Stop by our showroom and check out some of the models – and once you get one home, give Grandma’s homemade, comforting holiday cookies a try to keep you warm on a 70 degree Southwest Florida night. You know these are from back in the day, well, because Jell-O.

Colorful Holiday Jell-O Cookies

  • 3/4 cup margarine or butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 (3 ounce) package Jello (any flavor/color)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Cream margarine, sugar, jello and eggs together in a medium to large bowl.

Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

Roll dough into small balls and place on a greased and floured cookie sheet.

Flatten each with a fork.

Bake 6-8 minutes at 350 degrees or until lightly browned at the edges.

Raise the Bar with Home-Tech Appliances

HolidaySpirits ‘Twas just a few weeks ‘til Christmas and all through the house,

the martinis were shaken, but not enough to get totally soused.

 The Kegerator was delivered from Home-Tech with care,

and filled with beer in the hopes that guests would soon be there.

The wine bottles were all snug in the cooler from Home-Tech;

as I in my sparkles waited for arrivals with a glass of Malbec.”

 Perfect Parties

Yep, it’s officially holiday party season and time to get the home bar in order. That means bringing out the corkscrews, carafes, shakers, and flutes in time to toast the season or ring in the New Year. And while you’ll have to shop for the adult libations and research holiday cocktail recipes, Home-Tech can help with some appliances that’ll get this party started.

The Kegerator

Stop by the Home-Tech show room and check out the Kegerator. The Kegerator is not your frat boy’s keg – this appliance, for adults who love their beer cold, convenient, and on draft,  is especially great for entertaining and really completes an outdoor living area. But, whether inside or outside, the Kegerator is the beer aficionado’s best friend.

Wine Cooler Connoisseurwine cooler appliances holidays

There’s nothing like sliding an unopened bottle of wine that’s been stored in a wine cooler at the perfect temperature and uncorking it. You may not have the luxury of a wine cellar, but you can have the treat of a wine cooler – whether it’s built-in or stand-alone, you choose the perfect size for home and for your wine consumption – your party guests will love it.

Cheers!

“As the doorbell rang we sprang to our feet

A party was coming that can’t be beat.

Our guests had come, many from afar

And all is well, we’re loving our bar.”

 

 

 

Prep Kitchen Appliances for the Big Bird

ThanksgivingHave you ever felt like a holiday was so stealthy and sneaky that it crept up behind you, tapped you on the shoulder, and yelled, “BOO!”?

This year, Thanksgiving has been very, very quiet, as it sits patiently in the background, buried by tinsel, Christmas music, and holiday shopping. It seems like folks are so busy hanging wreaths and mistletoe that they’ve forgotten all about the poor neglected turkey. Well, guess what? Thanksgiving is this week! Stop licking stamps for Christmas cards and, with the help of Home-Tech, let’s start prepping the kitchen for the big bird.

Prepared Appliances are Happy Appliances

This is the time to check all of your kitchen appliances to make sure everything is in good working order – everything from the garbage disposal to the microwave needs to be checked and ready. We blogged about cleaning out the refrigerator recently and we can’t stress it enough – give both the freezer and the fridge good thorough cleanings to make room for all the groceries coming in – and of course, all the leftovers on the way.  If you have any trouble with your garbage disposal you might want to check out this tip video with advice from us to you.

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A Service Agreement Means a Happier Thanksgiving

If you have a Service Agreement with Home-Tech and one of your appliances needs repaired, we urge you to give us a call now so we can get everything in your kitchen up and running before the feast. Maybe you just need an extra appliance part or a burner on the oven is on the fritz – either way, we’re here for you. Oh – and speaking of ovens, don’t get bogged down by self-cleaning. You are going to get your oven dirty from cooking the Thanksgiving dinner.  It’s better to wait until after Thanksgiving when things have calmed down and you have less to worry about. And by “less”, we mean putting up the tree, figuring out what you’re wearing to 16 holiday parties, and finding the perfect recipe for egg nog. As for Thanksgiving, don’t say we didn’t warn you – don’t let all the tinsel blind you.

 

Convection Ovens Make Crunchier Chips for the Best Guacamole

SpicyGuacWhile the rest of America enjoys gourd season and hot apple cider and an unusually early winter, those of us in Southwest Florida are continuing to enjoy snacks with a decidedly more tropical vibe – because we can. Being as close as we are to the equator all year long, whether it’s shrimp, tropical fruit salad, or lobster bisque – it’s always in season around here. That’s why, for some, it may seem a little nontraditional to celebrate Spicy Guacamole Day in November, but not for us. Bring on the margaritas, the sombreros, and the chips – ole!

Guacamole Wars

The first bit of advice regarding spicy guacamole is to never, ever get into an argument with anybody from Arizona about the “perfect” guacamole, because when it comes to guac, it’s like the pizza rivalry between Chicagoans and New Yorkers – folks from Arizona think their guacamole is the best – Floridians, however, beg to differ. Arizona people like it with heavy-duty kick, whereas Florida folks prefer the cooler, thicker version. But, one thing we can all agree on – the fresher, warmer, and crispier the chips, the better.

Convection Oven Chips For The Win!chips and salsa

With a Convection Oven from Home-Tech, homemade tortilla chips are super easy and make store bought chips pale in comparison. Just cut your corn tortillas into eighths diagonally and spread them on a rack on a baking pan. Spritz them with some cooking spray and sprinkle with sea salt – in about 15 minutes, they’re ready to eat – and so delicious.  Why are they so much better?  Because a convection oven circulates hot air with a fan and that circulating air helps everything cook more quickly and to crisp up nicely.

Two “Perfect” Versions of Guac

If you want that spicy Arizona kick in your guac, try this: 1–3 fresh green chilies, depending on heat, and your taste, finely chopped 2 spring onions, thinly sliced handful of fresh cilantro, finely chopped 3 ripe Hess avocados,  1 ripe medium tomato, diced juice of 1 lime, salt

1. Put a teaspoon each of the chili, onion and cilantro into a pestle and mortar, along with a pinch of coarse salt, and grind to a paste.

2. Peel the avocados and remove the stone. Cut into cubes, then mash into a chunky paste, leaving some pieces intact.

3. Stir the chili paste into the avocado, and then gently fold in the tomatoes and the rest of the onions, chili and coriander. Add lime juice and salt to taste. Serve immediately, or cover the surface with cling film and refrigerate (leave the tomatoes out until you’re ready to serve).

The Cool Version

While the recipe above might make you sweat, the Florida avocado recipe below should cool you down: Two ripe Florida avocados, 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt, 1 Tbsp of fresh lime juice or lemon juice, 2 Tbsp to 1/4 cup of minced red onion or thinly sliced green onion, 2 cloves of garlic, minced, a dash of freshly grated black pepper, 1/2 ripe tomato, seeds and pulp removed, chopped.

Cut the avocados in half. Remove seed. Scoop out avocado from the peel, put in a mixing bowl. Using a fork, roughly mash the avocado. (Don’t overdo it – the guacamole should be a little chunky.) Sprinkle with salt and lime (or lemon) juice. The acid in the lime juice will help delay the avocados from turning brown. Add the chopped onion, garlic, and pepper. Place plastic wrap on the surface of the guacamole cover it and to prevent air reaching it. (The oxygen in the air causes oxidation which will turn the guacamole brown.) Refrigerate until ready to serve. Chilling tomatoes hurts their flavor, so if you want to add chopped tomato to your guacamole, add it just before serving.

Home-Tech Customers Happy with Air Conditioning Service and Appliance Repair

Atta Boy rectangle graphicIt takes a lot of cooperation among the employees of a company to provide excellent service to customers. Home-Tech has this down to a science, from the Customer Service rep that answers your call and schedules your appointment time, to the Dispatch Department that plans the route for the service technicians, to the technicians themselves who are trained in all major appliance repairs and ac service. It’s a well oiled machine. The icing on the cake is you, our customers, who are so willing to give the technicians such great Attaboys for their service. Thanks for doing that and we are going to keep sharing your good words!

Very, Very Tidy

James came to fix our air conditioning service, to service our air conditioning. We had an excellent service from him.He was incredibly thorough and very, very tidy, cleaned up and just a very good job done. Thank you very much.

Mrs. Coughlin, Sanibel

Shout Out to Customer ServiceNATE certified

For Peggy – Thank you for taking care of our problem. Our air conditioner was out and we really appreciate what you did for us.  We are very happy with your service.

The Catowskis

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I had Brian S come to my house this morning to fix a disposal in my sink.  Not only was he was very much on time, calm and professional, did a good job and cleaned up everything afterwards. I highly recommend him. Thank you for having someone service me who does such a good job.

T. Rosen

Very Professional

We had Pedro come out and service our air conditioning.  He was very professional. We really appreciate that. Thank you.

Mrs Indevery, Naples, FL

Service for a Dryer

I’m reporting on Nick. He came to my house last week to check and service my dryer.  We were very impressed. He was very professional.  We do appreciate that. Thank you.

J. Ostringer

A Great Employee

Yesterday one smart person came to my house and fixed my air conditioning. His name is Steve.  In my house I’ve never had a smart person like that. I just wanted to let you know he did an outstanding job.  He’s a great employee and very very smart. He did a great job. Tell him he did a great job. Thanks.

The Gobals, Venice, FL

 

Home-Tech takes the Scare out of Appliance Repair

tombstoneFor many folks, a brain-hungry hoard of flesh-eating zombies is scary — a dude in a Freddy Kreuger mask with a chain saw is terrifying – and for most of us, a scary clown jumping out from around a dark corner makes us scream.

It Gets Worse…

But, if you’re like me – there’s nothing more horrifying than a broken appliance or one that’s missing a part. I’d rather watch a marathon of “The Exorcist”, “The Shining”, and “Psycho” over and over again than contend with an air-conditioner on the fritz in the Southwest Florida heat. Seriously — instead of seeing my thermostat rise into the high-80s, I’d be far happier to see those creepy twin girls appear at the end of my hall, Linda Blair spray pea soup all over my wall, or meet  Norman Bates in my shower than lay around fanning myself frantically while I wait for a repair man to show up. In fact, I think “Broken A/C” would be a much more popular costume (in terms of scariness) then, say, a Demon Vampire or an Evil Doll. I mean, at least you can run away from a Demon Vampire or an Evil Doll. When you have a broken air-conditioner, you’re too hot and sweaty to run. In fact, instead of using decorations to create a haunted house in your home, just turn off the air and invite guests to come in and sit in the heat – it’s much scarier – especially if you lock the doors.

Scare Your Appliances Straight With a Service Agreementpumpkin with logo

Whether it’s an air-conditioner, kitchen appliance repair, washer, dryer, or more, you can stop the nightmares about broken appliances or missing parts with the security of a Home-Tech Service Agreement. We have a Gold Plan for all you ghouls that want extra protection and a Silver Plan for all the spooks that need to pay a little less – either way, we answer the question of who you’re going to call when your appliance busts – and that’s Home-Tech. Not just on Halloween, but for security the entire year.

And with Halloween so close, I need to get to work on my sexy “Broken A/C” costume. I’m thinking two used filters and maybe some galoshes? Maybe a little dress with thermostat that reads 89 degrees on it? Perhaps just a bunch of strategically placed tangled wires and I can just walk around making creaking noises and blowing hot air with a portable blow-dryer? I think I’m on to something here…

Excellent Appliance and AC Repair is Always the Home-Tech Trend

electrical service Home-TechWith it being the week of Halloween strange and spooky things start trending on the internet. Just a quick perusal this morning shows sexy Ebola nurse Halloween costumes taking the lead and causing quite the controversy. Right below that is puppy sized spiders. Yes, you read that right. They have found spiders in the Rainforest that are the size of actual puppies. (Remind me not to visit the Rainforest anytime soon).  And in other spectacular news – who knew – Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg can speak Chinese.

We like to keep the trending news here at Home-Tech a little more real. Employee owners continue to be involved in local charities, Home-Tech has recently joined the Bonita Springs and Naples Chambers of Commerce and the Attaboys keep pouring in for our well trained, professional appliance and AC repair technicians.

Always Happy to Do Business with Home-TechRepair Technicians Home-Tech

Shaun was very good with finding my problem and he stayed for an extra 5 /10 minutes to make sure everything was ok. He was very thorough. I had a technician earlier in the day who could not find the water release that had come out of the side of the house but he was very determined to find it and dug up and found it under my mulch and extended the pipe up and out. He was very good. I guess he didn’t put a cap on the inside handler so water was forced down through and out the side of the house and it worked and it didn’t work so that’s why Shaun had to come back. Anyway both guys were very good technicians. I’m always happy to do business with Home-Tech.

A. Schwindt

Good Work

Brian S made a call today and he was very polite and helpful and very quick and got done in a hurry replacing my disposal. It was good work. Thank you.

Mrs. Ebright

Very Good Service and Attitude

I wanted to compliment Steve on his service and his attitude.  It was very, very good. I had a good day. Thank you.

Mr. Fortune

AC repair technician Home-TechDedicated and Diligent

Pedro is a terrific young man, very dedicated and very diligent in working things out. He’s a great guy and a very good asset to your organization.

You Guys are Great

I just had an employee of yours stop by and do my air conditioning check. James is a very excellent employee. Did everything well. He’s very special and I can’t say more about him or Home-Tech. You guys are great.

C. Sogasi

Home-Tech and Key To The Cure – A Cause Close to Our Hearts

WP_20141016_09_31_48_ProLast week, we here at Home-Tech were excited to participate in and attend the annual Key to the Cure kick-off shopping event with the always festive Breakfast at Saks. The breakfast and fashion show was hosted by the Lee Memorial Health System Foundation to support local cancer care – a cause that Home-Tech proudly supports – and an event that we’ve been involved with for the past three years.

In The Pink

Honoring the color of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October, tablecloths were bright pink and fun pink feather boas were worn by many guests. Lots of fashionable attendees wore pink and the many of the guys sported pink ties.

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The weather was perfect for the sold-out event held just outside in the Bell Tower courtyard where sponsors get to decorate their tables and show off their creative skills. There were animal prints, cupcake centerpieces, wine bottle themes, and tons more. Home-Tech partnered with Just Like Family Home Care & Concierge to create a striking violet and orange themed table, plus we were excited to donate a keginator, the ultimate party appliance to keep your beer nice and cold, to the auction, which was won by Diana Willis of Jason’s Deli (pictured with Sonya Sawyer, Home-Tech CFO).

Shop ‘til you Drop

We spotted lots of media folks, politicos, and community leaders in the crowd – and it was a super fun way to kick-off the day. And now it’s time to shop! Saks Fifth Avenue at the Bell Tower will donate 2% of all sales from Oct. 18th through Oct. 21st to benefit women’s cancer initiatives at Lee Memorial Health System’s Regional Cancer Center in Fort Myers during the Key to the Cure charity shopping weekend celebration.

Dryer Vent Maintenance for Fire Prevention

fire extinguishersFire Prevention Day came and went earlier this week without incident – at least at my house, where O.C.D. reigns supreme. Leaving home, even for a quick jaunt to CVS, can be a major production for me. Typically, it goes like this:

Get out the door and suddenly remember the coffee maker – run back inside and realize I already turned it off. Get out the door again and decide to go back and physically UNPLUG the coffee maker. While I’m at it, make sure the stove isn’t on (even though I haven’t used it for days). Out the door again, almost to the car, when it hits me – the curling iron! Rush back in, run to the bathroom, and switch it off – for good measure, unplug it. While I’m at it, unplug the blow dryer too, because, here’s how my mind works: the cat jumps on the counter and accidentally knocks the blow dryer to the floor, which somehow triggers the “on” switch, and since it took such a hard fall, the wires get tangled, so it sets the bath mat on fire, and burns down our entire home.

Dryer Vent/Duct Maintenance Saves Lives (and stress triggers)

Given all of the above, you can only imagine my reaction recently when the dryer was tumbling along, filled with fluffy flammable bath towels, my husband suggested we go to brunch. Seriously, does he not even know me? Not only did I stop the dryer with our damp towels inside as we walked out the door, I left the dryer door propped open (just in case the cat knocked it closed and triggered the “on” switch). If I wasn’t concerned about looking insane, I’d have unplugged it completely.

Home-Tech is an Expert with Dryer Repair

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Home-Tech repairs every brand of dryer on the market. So if your dryer is acting up just give us a call. While I’m obviously off the chart when it comes to O.C.D. dryer vent maintenance is no joke – and at Home-Tech, we leave that to the experts at Amerovent. We’re happy to recommend Amerovent to make sure your dryer vents are clean and SAFE. Overheating can be deadly, so make sure your vent duct is free of flammable debris so that when you leave the house you have NOTHING to worry about – except the coffee maker… and maybe the curling iron… and – ok, never mind. Safety first (check your toaster)!

 

 

Home-Tech Goes Beyond AC Repair and Appliance Repair

Do something nice to day graphicThis weekend, the calendar told us it was Do Something Nice Day, but for Home-Tech, every day is the perfect day to do something nice. We believe that you can’t do ac repair and appliance repairs in a community unless you’re a part of that community — and if you’re part of it, you want to do everything you can to make it better.

Nicely Done

As the first few breezes of Fall make their way across Southwest Florida, lots of our fabulous winter residents are making their way back to our tropical oasis — and while lounging around in the sun with a frosty beverage is a very nice and much-deserved way to spend your time, there are plenty of hours in the day to do something nice for others, too.

A “Pawfect” Way To Be NiceARC

We have some favorite causes here at Home-Tech and if you visit our main headquarters in Fort Myers, you’ll be able to guess one that’s close to our hearts – when it comes to the cute pups making themselves at home at Home-Tech, we’re happy to report that most are rescue dogs that our big-hearted team members have adopted. We love the Animal Refuge Center in Fort Myers, a non-profit, no-kill shelter that can always benefit from donations, volunteers, and animal lovers to foster homeless pets. If you’d like to do something nice, visit their website for more information: www.animalrefugecenter.com – and while you’re at it, you can order tickets to A.R.C.’s 20th Annual Starlight Auction happening November 29th at Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa. Home-Tech is a proud sponsor of this sparkly event that helps our furry friends.

Home-Tech habitat for humanityHappy Habitats

If you’re handy and you love to build, we hope you’ll check out www.habitat4humanity.org and learn about all the nice things you can do for Habitat for Humanity. Our team has built many houses, plus we’ve donated materials — and there’s nothing more gratifying then helping a future home owner build their first home.

PACE Yourself

Another cause we love here at Home-Tech is PACE Center for Girls. PACE is a school for at-risk girls and they make a huge difference in our community. PACE needs mentors — plus they have everything from school supplies to clothing to toiletries on their wish list. Do something nice and visit www.pacecenter.org

Let’s make it Do Something Nice Day every day of the year – Home-Tech is right there with you.